“I promised myself I was not going to cry tonight, and I have already broken that promise five times,” says Chris to Ben in this wedding episode. I have to say, five times sounds about right. Also, if “Ben and Leslie” doesn’t prove that Amy Poehler deserves her Emmy, I don’t know what the Emmy voters need. Leslie was hilarious (that Tim Gunn impression), lovable (a 70-page first draft on her vows), and amazingly caring (refusing to have her wedding without Ron, who is like a father to her).
But let’s start from the beginning. Last week, Ben and Leslie thought “why wait?” and decided that since everyone important in Pawnee was already assembled for the gala, it was time for them to get married. Right away Leslie says that Ben can’t look at her until the wedding (even though he reminds her that they’ve already seen each other a bunch of times that day).
The plans for the wedding don’t necessarily run smoothly. First, horror of horrors, Ben tells Leslie he wants her to take his last name. No worries, he’s completely joking. Phew! Leslie will always be Leslie Knope, our optimistic superhero who can do anything she puts her mind to.
Things kick into gear fast as all of Leslie’s friends are tasked with various assignments like finding rings, fixing the dress, getting officiated (well, not really), and waking up delightful grandmothers to sign government documents.
First, Ben and Ron go to a sketchy pawnshop (I assume) to find some rings. “There’s some beautiful jewelry in here, but also nails,” says the man behind the counter, who later admits that his old nipple rings are part of the beautiful jewelry.
At City Hall, April and Andy take all the marriage licenses (that way no one else can get married and their marriage will be special, April reasons). Later in the episode, April and Andy get Ethel (the court stenographer who read Ben and Leslie’s testimony where they said they loved each other back in “The Trial of Leslie Knope”) to sign the licenses. It seems fitting, right? They also adopt her as their grandmother.
At the gala, Jerry pees his pants at the thought of seeing a Li’l Sebastian impersonator. He goes to change, but ends up finding Tom, distraught that his minister’s certification won’t arrive for 24 hours. Jerry is actually ordained (for some reason), so Tom has the idea that Jerry can do the wedding, but just read all of Tom’s material. His speech started with a monologue from Hitch, so you know it would have been great.
Ben and Leslie meet at April and Andy’s house, because Ben thought he might have some rings in a box his mom gave him there. No luck. Ben and Leslie wonder if they maybe jumped the gun a bit. Maybe they should call the wedding off for now? Suddenly it starts to snow (this was the first time I cried), it’s like the scene with Ethel! Who should appear, but Li’l Sebastian, lit like an angel across the road. Well, actually it’s an impersonator. But it’s also a sign! Leslie knows they need to go through with the wedding.
Leslie goes to see if Ann has made any progress on the dress. Not yet, but Ann has an idea. “I’ve been watching a lot of Project Runway recently. And the past eight years.”
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